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Brown & James, PC Reviews

Updated December 26, 2016
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  1. "Legal Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, low priced insurance benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Unqualified people working in various positions


  2. "Legal Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Godfrey, IL
    Former Employee - Legal Administrative Assistant in Godfrey, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, flexible work schedule.
    35 hour work week.

    Cons

    Heavy litigation work load, untrained HR, partners who yell at support staff and it is a hostile work environment and non-managing management.


  3. "Legal Assistant / Accounts Receivables"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Euless, TX
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Euless, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Brown & James, PC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small office in downtown Fort Worth; good salary and benefits. Family friendly. Nice people to work with and to assist.

    Cons

    Difficult clients. Need to offer employee performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Retain better quality clients.


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  5. "legal assistant"

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Belleville, IL
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary in Belleville, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible daily work schedule with core hours.

    Cons

    Large firm that behaves like a small firm.

    Advice to Management

    Should consider a billing department dedicated to increasingly complex client guidelines. Provide more of a managerial presence in satellite offices to minimize animosity and bullying by senior staff. Curb obvious favoritism.


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    "Legal Assistant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paralegal/Administration/Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Paralegal/Administration/Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, 35-hour work week, benefits. I guess if your boss can get you a higher raise because you don't like yours that is a "pro?"

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism, old-school/"boys" club management, technology, slow to improve technology processes, especially for handling large data management keeping one of the largest St. Louis law firms behind the times. Also, lack of appreciation and carrying only about some people; depleting the souls of the support staff;

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee engagement and training; there are so many support staff that have no idea how to do their job that they are just getting by because they "support" their boss or "another attorney." Seriously! It's the only place I know that "pictures" are worth a thousand words.... or I mean "dollars." AMAZING!


  7. "Good benefits, average salaries, poor management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Company contributes to 401K. Potential to learn a lot. Very nice managing partner.

    Cons

    Poor management in many ways. Salaries okay. Human relations not very good.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "This firm made me doubt my decision to practice law! RUN!!!!!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Associate Attorney in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Brown & James, PC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Thrown into court and depositions with no training and guidance immediately, free CLEs, travel reimbursement and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Yelling, screaming, people with the emotional intelligence of pre-teens with huge egos known as "principals" in charge, no feedback, no constructive criticism, horrible pay, ineffective and functionally non-existent HR department, sexual fraternization amongst secretaries, employees, and/or principles, no work/life balance potential, unrealistic bonus structure, demoralization as a culture, sexism and thinly veiled racism, and overall unprofessional work environment.

    Advice to Management

    1) Get professional therapy and HR-based training which includes diversity training and information on how to deal with female and minority employees in the 21st Century; 2) Pay associates more, or at least revise the bonus structure so it is attainable for more than 5% or less of the associates; 3) Stop bad-mouthing each other and associates (it's unprofessional and trashy); 4) Stop sexually harassing and/or having affairs with employees of the firm (and in general, but definitely keep it outside the firm AT LEAST); 5) prepare for eternal damnation.


  9. "A farm for Associates and Legal Assistants"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good insurance, occasional bonuses, company-paid parties,

    Cons

    Don't expect HR to respond to your problems. It would be beneficial to have an HR director in place who has a formal education in human resources. HR is generally inaccessible and there is a complete breakdown in communication. Lower level employees (assistants and associates) work in a state of fear because the work is intense and fast-paced, and mistakes are met with harsh criticism, yelling, etc. The firm is preoccupied with trying to project a positive image to the public through charity donations and spots on the news about their team spirit for local sports teams, but the employee morale is extremely low within the firm. Establish a rule about romantic relationships within the firm (fraternization).

    Advice to Management

    Hire HR generalist and HR assistant with formal training and education in Human Resources. Pay associates a salary that will draw at least some associates with some experience, so that they come in having a clue what they are doing--rather than just bringing in a crew of brand new associates who have yet to receive a Bar number and are thrown to the wolves in what is probably one of the fastest-paced insurance/corporate defense practices in the State. If you want the assistants and associates to treat the principals with respect, it should be required that the principals treat the assistants and associates with respect as well.


  10. "Disorganization"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Secretary in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Secretary in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Little technology support and management unskilled or knowledgeable about their jobs.

    Cons

    Hard work, little pay, little recognition, no camaraderie. Low job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your job, get advanced education and treat everyone fairly. Support staff and provide opportunities for growth and more friendly work environment.


  11. "good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    leadership was good for young lawyer

    Cons

    pay was not as good as other places

    Advice to Management

    pay should be more for lawyers


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